Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Russian Federation can keep on partying after fine World Cup run

Russian Federation can keep on partying after fine World Cup run

It has been suggested Croatia should be the favourite given the experienced players it boasts in its squad, thereby increasing the pressure on it to reach the final, but Mandzukic says the team is enjoying its time in Russian Federation now more than ever.

"Also, they have had some luck maybe, some lucky situations, on the right side of the draw and Argentina were not so good, but I think they deserved what they did and I hope they can go to the next step and the final". "Thank God for this generation which has managed to get to a semifinal and justify Croatia's status as a football superpower... at least a small one", the former Chelsea midfielder said.

The investment-banking giant changed its prediction after Belgium defeated Brazil in the quarter finals. "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said.

By reaching the World Cup semifinals, Croatia have matched the achievement of the iconic 1998 team.

Ivan Rakitic, so often a key man for Barcelona, was not almost as influential as at club level, while in defence, Russia's Mario Fernandes beat more highly rated defenders to head home a late equaliser. We've been playing well, we're learning and we're all enjoying it.

Vrsaljko's absence will come as a big boost for England manager Gareth Southgate and takes one of Croatia's most experienced defenders out of contention. "It is very near and we will leave our last drop of sweat on the pitch to achieve our goal".

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"As a player, as a professional, I know I have a job on and off the pitch - to inspire people, to inspire hopefully kids, watching this tournament", he said.

When asked about England's Harry Kane, head coach of the Croatian team Zlatko Dalic stressed talking to reporters that the Croatian squad has players who can stop anyone.

Perenial shootout losers England were up next, taking on Colombia in the round of 16. It was a great experience I could talk about for days.

The European Championship campaign, led by Steve McClaren saw England lose 2-0 in Zagreb and then famously slump to defeat at Wembley in 2007 to miss out on the Euros the following year.

It made Alli (22) the second youngest England scorer in a World Cup game, after Michael Owen.

The couple, who married 10 years ago after meeting in a bar, said they will watch the match on "mutual ground" at their home in north London but will celebrate no matter what the outcome as it is a "great result" for both teams.

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